October 12th, 2007
12:00 PM ET
12 years ago

Coulter: We want 'Jews to be perfected'

Conservative commentator Ann Coulter.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Conservative commentator and best-selling author Ann Coulter may find herself in the midst of a controversy for comments Monday suggesting America would be better if everyone was Christian.

Asked by CNBC host Donny Deutsch what the U.S. looks like in her dreams, Coulter said it would look like the Republican National Convention in 2004

"People were happy,” she said, according to a transcript provided to CNN by CNBC. “They're Christian. They're tolerant. They defend America." (Video: Watch Coulter's comments on CNBC)

When Deutsch responded, "It would be better if we were all Christian?" Coulter said "Yeah."

Deutsch, himself Jewish, continued to press Coulter on her remarks, asking, "We should just throw Judaism away and we should all be Christians then?"

"Yeah," Coulter responded, adding "Well, it's a lot easier. It's kind of a fast track."

"You can't possibly believe that," Deutsch responded. “You can’t possibly. You’re too educated.”

"Do you know what Christianity is?" Coulter replied. "See, we believe your religion, but you have to obey. We have the fast track program."

Later in the interview Deutsch asked Coulter if she doesn't want any Jews in the world, Coulter responded, "No, we think - we just want Jews to be perfected, as they say."

"Wow, you didn't really say that, did you," Deutsch said.

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"Yeah, no,” Coulter replied. “That’s what Christianity is. We believe the Old Testament, but ours is more like Federal Express. You have to obey laws. We know we're all sinners."

Deutsch said he was personally offended.

"No. I'm sorry. It is not intended to be," she said. "I don't think you should take it that way, but that is what Christians consider themselves: perfected Jews. We believe the Old Testament. As you know from the Old Testament, God was constantly getting fed up with humans for not being able to live up to all the laws. What Christians believe - this is just a statement of what the New Testament is - is that that's why Christ came and died for our sins. Christians believe the Old Testament. You don't believe our testament."

Deutsch continued to call Coulter's comments anti-semetic.

"No, no, - I don't want you being offended by this," she responded. "This is what Christians consider themselves, because our testament is the continuation of your testament. You know that. So we think Jews go to heaven. I mean, [the late Rev. Jerry] Falwell himself said that, but you have to follow laws. Ours is "Christ died for our sins." We consider ourselves perfected Christians. For me to say that for you to become a Christian is to become a perfected Christian is not offensive at all."

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  1. Buck Nashua, NH

    I think she's a witch .... Burn the witch!

    October 11, 2007 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  2. Anthony Smith

    Sure, Coulter is a smart person who's entitled to her opinion. I give her credit, she voiced her opinion although unpopular. Good for her and to hell with "religio-political correctness." What, she's supposed to be wrong or sorry for what she said ??? Give me a break, welcome to the land of free speech.

    October 11, 2007 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  3. Veags Gurl, Fabulous Las Vegas

    PLEEEEEEEZZZZZZZZZZZZ! The truth is coming to the light, the veils are being lifted, and it's turning out that the "Christians" are no better or different than anyone else, most are sinners just in hiding, i.e., ministers and politicians indulging in homosexual activities and prostitution...10,000 phone #s on the DC Madam's phone records, etc. So what about that? Convenient Christianity I say!? Everyone is a heathen at heart...here's to the sinners!

    October 11, 2007 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  4. Kyle King, Richmond, IN

    I know she thinks alot about politics, but she obviously hasn't spent much time thinking about theology. Christianity and Judaism have both been misrepresented. I hate it when these two beautiful faiths become tarnished by the world of politics.

    October 11, 2007 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  5. Angela, Portland OR

    Can this woman even hear herself speak?
    She goes around flaunting all of her "godliness" like she is above the entire world. To Jon in Sacramento: its not just the liberals "attacking" her. Its the truly righteous people in this world who don't try and force their beliefs on others and who accept those for who they are. And unless we stop going around trying to convert those of different beliefs, our country will continue down this horrendous path of segregation and hate.

    October 11, 2007 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  6. Jim, Chicago, IL

    Jon, people like yourself and Ms. Coulter never cease to amaze me. Not only are you ignorant, but you are dangerous and it is because of you and people like you that this world is so screwed up. Your rhetoric and single mindedness is no better than the fundamental terrorists who target this great nation of ours. It's mind boggling that the far right can take a religion like Christianity and twist it in such grotesque ways. Shame on you.

    October 11, 2007 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  7. jms, Dyer, Tn

    How can anyone take this piece of _ _ _ _ seriously about anything?

    October 11, 2007 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  8. Tricia M Charlottetown PEI

    Anne Who? Why do news networks feed this woman's propaganda? Who cares what she thinks? Who listens to an ignorant, biased, beligerant run away frothing lip? She has a greater global minority than the Republicans.

    The number of comments here should speak volumes to her credibility and popularity. Zero on all counts.


    October 11, 2007 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  9. Ed McCrackin, Owensboro, KY

    Ann Coulter belongs with Hitler!

    October 11, 2007 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  10. Bob Devine, Yellow Springs, Ohio

    How can this Leni Riefenstahl wannabe take up so much space and so much of our attention. At least Leni could dance and make movies.

    October 11, 2007 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  11. Kellie, Walla Walla, WA

    The irony of it all is that Ann Coulter will never come close to knowing what Heaven is like.

    October 11, 2007 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  12. DJ. Mountain View,CA

    I'm a believer in Jesus Christ too,I think she must stop with representing the Republican Party and leave christianity alone.Is it not enough, she kills her own party with her lunacy? now she wants to bring disgrace to christianity too? for heaven sake leave the religion alone.

    October 11, 2007 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  13. Norm, South Windsor, CT

    Ann Coulter is obviously mentally ill and delusinal and people are still constantly inviting her to their talk shows. It is beyond comprehension. How about instead having an intervention, and getting her some professional help.

    Fast track to WHAT? There is no such thing as salvation, being saved. It's all man made created nonsense. The Bible is the most corrupted, forged, and error filled book in human history. As an "educated" woman she should know that. I am NOT an athiest but I don't believe in man created fairy tales either.

    October 11, 2007 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  14. Judd Morrissey, Washington, DC

    Just goes to show:

    Bill O'Reilly: Racist.

    Ann Coulter: Racist.

    Rush Limbaugh: Racist druggie.

    So, who's voting Republican in '08?

    October 11, 2007 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  15. austinfd

    I'm a Christian, but I've never considered myself a "Pefected Jew." I'm not perfect at anything. Futhermore, I'm not sure I want the world to be overrun with "Christians." I've meet too many of our kind that make me sick.

    It would be great though if more people were practicing the kinds of things that Jesus did.

    October 11, 2007 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  16. Roger, St. Louis, MO

    Jon, for the record, Judaism, (excepting 'Jews for Jesus'), does not recognize Jesus as either a prophet or savior. On an academic level, he is considered a person of religious and historical importance, but he does not have a role in the Jewish belief system.

    October 11, 2007 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  17. David Nielsen, Portland, Oregon

    Yeah, wow, ok, it's not a far step from believing to enforcing, say, via Christian versions of the concentration camp, is it? So folks like Ann Coulter would wear the jackboots and gibber in tongues every sunday morning while Jews were butchered until they became, oh what's the word, "perfected"? I think I'll preemtively start wearing a Star of David on my shirt. "The Good Jew." Whew! Glad that's settled!

    October 11, 2007 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  18. Dane, Columbus, OH

    Wait, wait, wait... I am anything but a fan of Ann Coulter, but attacking her for these statements is a shining example of our ultra-PC culture. Really, what religious individual wouldn't want the rest of the world's population to accept their religion? Of course all Christians should want everyone else to be Christian, and the same goes for any other religion – according to their respective doctrines it is usually the only path to salvation. Calling Culter's comments intolerant and uneducated is calling the vast majority of religious individuals intolerant and uneducated. I'm not sure that's a leap most Americans are willing to take.

    October 11, 2007 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  19. dukes james griffin georgia

    Who Cares? coulter is jewish she does and say what she wants look at her who cares what she says.

    October 11, 2007 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  20. Chris, Omaha, Nebraska

    I'm sorry, but being a five-minute anti-Semite is inexcusable. She's just a circus barker looking to make a buck and a name for herself by spewing ignorance. Don't patronize her output, and she'll go away soon enough.

    October 11, 2007 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  21. Allan Camden, SC

    That "lady" (?) ought to be disallowed from broadcasting her views. She sounds more like the President of Iran than a patriotic American. I feel sorry for her.

    October 11, 2007 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  22. MIke, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    What would Jesus do? Probably not any of the crap Ann Coulter does. Ever.

    But, then again, he was a jew. So he wasn't "perfected" yet.

    October 11, 2007 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  23. Mindy, St. Louis, MO

    I wish that half of the brain power used in giving idiotic interviews like this could be spent trying to figure out a solution to some of the issues facing this country. She is not a genius or a political consultant...she just strives to shock the public by making unintelligent statements. Only, unlike many of today's celebrities who like to shock and get attention, she leaves her panties on.

    October 11, 2007 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  24. john doe, springfield, north carolina

    I don't believe in capital punishment, but coulter's carcas should be dragged through the street.

    October 11, 2007 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  25. Los Angeles, CA

    As silly as her coments are, it is America where we live, freedom of speach , first amendment. Who cares, turn the radio offf, change the chanel, every time some says something that offends someone people have a meltdown, if you want to get mad, get mad at the State, the corrupt Government we live , TSA , ( transportation saftey Administration ) just killed a little 105 pound jewish woman in Phoenix Airport last week, get mad at that, for crying out loud, AMERICANs are so stupid, I am ashamed to call my self one. we have the most corrupt president ever, and people are concerned with the broads words, sticks and stones , that si what i am concerned for. we are losing freedom , freedom that was fought for , people died for, and we let it go down the drain every day in the name of saftey, security, i have never felt more threatened than i do now.

    October 11, 2007 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
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